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Happy Earth Day!
Today is the 35th Anniversary of Earth Day, and there's plenty you can do to help celebrate in style. First, a special request, please don't send your friend an Earth Day greeting card! Now here are a few more appropriate ideas:

1. Visit the Action Network, and register for one of their current campaigns that interest you.

2. Visit a Nokia Experience Center, and trade in your old cell phone or battery for a tree seedling to plant. Hurry, because while you can recycle with Nokia at any time, the tree trade-in offer's only good until the 24th.

3. Visit any of these sites to find out what else you can do to help the Earth:
www.earth911.org
www.earthday.net
www.earthdaybags.org
www.earthrights.org
www.envirolink.org
www.environmentaldefense.org
www.epa.gov/earthday
www.fguardians.org
www.getgreen.com
www.informinc.org
www.oneworld.net

Happy Earth Day!


Chain-Music Updated
The ongoing chain-music project has been updated at sitesakamoto with a new contribution from Hector Zazou.

To view a complete list of contributing artists, and listen to the latest version of chain-music, please visit sitesakamoto.


Nokia Announces 8800 & 8801 Phones Loaded with Sakamoto
Nokia has announced the release of the 8800 (Europe) & 8801 (US) phones, which come fully loaded with ringtones, alerts, and full tracks composed and performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto exclusively for the phone.

Drawing upon modern watchmaking and jewelry techniques, Nokia has unveiled a truly inspired mobile phone for today's connoisseurs of quality and taste. Encased in a slim stainless steel body, the Nokia 8801 subtly glides open to reveal a number of distinctive details, each meticulously considered and researched to complement the prestige and quality of the device. To heighten the experience, the Nokia 8801 features exclusive audio accompaniment, including all ring tones and alerts, by award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. This attention to detail continues Nokia's heritage of premium mobile phones that have set the industry standard for elegance and performance.

A video featuring the phone theme zamapara is available for viewing online. The 8800 is expected to be released in Europe in May, and the 8801 is slated for a late summer release in the US.


SorryEverybody.com CD Available Now
One of our favorite websites to launch in the past year was Sorryeverybody.com, which was launched by 20 year old USC student James Zetlen as an outlet for Americans to express their disappointment about the political situation in our country and how it will affect people around the world for the next four years.

Sorryeverybody.com has become a phenomenon; it has received more than 80 million hits since its launch, millions of people around the world continue to visit the site, and the site has received widespread media attention, including mentions in Time magazine and on CNN.

We have been fortunate enough to team up with sorryeverybody.com to create a musical companion to the site, Sorryeverybody.com Vol. 1. This companion compilation brings together a group of many amazing artists of varied styles who were already getting these important messages out there on their own in this thought-provoking compilation. Please take some time to check out these artists as well, because many are working hard to raise money and awareness for many important causes - in addition to making great music! The CD track list is:

World View: "The Right Decision"
d_Cyphernauts: "Questions"
Orange Park: "Make up your Mind"
The Hourlys: "The Act"
Man on Earth: "The Great Discontent"
Hungry March Band: "Disco Bhangra"
David Rovics: "Who Would Jesus Bomb"
Free Radicals: "Fresh Air"
dada: "Dizz Knee Land"
The Simple Things: "Set An Example"
The Prince Myshkins: "Mimi LaValley and 100 Nuns"
Antibalas: "NESTA"

The Sorryeverybody.com compilation is also available for download from the iTunes Music Store.

There is also a new Sorry Everybody book out which compiles many of the images found on the site, as well as many published for the first time. Additional information about the book is also available from Hylas Publishing.


Media Alert: Chasm
Hot on the heels of its US release, Chasm is earning rave reviews:

Las Vegas City Life: Ryuichi Sakamoto's latest album, Chasm, exhibits a musical aesthetic that seamlessly blends classical composition, modern electronic and traditional Asian instrumentation with a Zen-like philosophy, all in a rather overt effort to lull the listener into a state of ecstatic contemplation.

IGN: Sakamoto creates an album of stunning diversity that proves to be an early front-runner for one of the year's best albums...So if there's any chasm that remains after hearing this timeless, gap-bridging, genre-spanning album, it's between Sakamoto and the hordes of artists trying to keep up with his kaleidoscopic talent.

Music Connection: Sakamoto takes his art to new levels and makes his music contemporary, fresh, and important. With tunes that have echoes of Charlie Parker and Kid Koala, this is a sophisticated electronic album that fits into almost every genre of music you can think of.

Also, look for an interview with Ryuichi in the April Respect column of Remix Magazine.


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